Grant Opportunities

The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley currently helps to administer the following competitive Grant Programs. All organizations that apply for grants must meet these eligibility requirements

Grant Programs

Our 2019 Grant Cycles will begin on March 18, 2019 with the Chain of Checks application. We will begin accepting Cochran and Rees applications on May 1. You may review information about these grant programs below.  Additionally, CFNSV periodically administers grant applications for other organizations. If you are interested in receiving notices about new grant opportunities, please create an account in our grant portal below so that we may notify you when a new grant application becomes available.

Chain of Checks

Chain of Checks is a unique opportunity for community organizations to receive funds through the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. This is not your ordinary grant program, but an opportunity to be part of a year-long, community fundraising effort that culminates in a two-day radiothon at 92.5 WINC FM. Learn more about Chain of  Checks.

Grant applicants not only receive funds from the Chain of Checks campaign but have the opportunity to tell their story to the community of WINC listeners. This opportunity to reach such a wide audience is priceless. Selected recipients are active participants in fundraising efforts, helping to spread the word about the various campaign activities, providing volunteers for the radiothon, and providing information, stories, and interviews to share their story with listeners.

Applicants should carefully consider the scope of this campaign as they prepare their Chain of Checks application. Chain of Checks is not looking simply for a deserving nonprofit, as there are so many deserving nonprofits in our community. The committee is identifying nonprofits around which they can create a radio-based, fundraising campaign. Your application should inspire them!

Eligibility:  Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit the WINC listening area are eligible to apply. Since the majority of Chain of Checks donors are in the Winchester/Frederick County area, applicants from outside this area should include information about how they can help expand the Chain of Checks donor base in their listening area.

Award:  There is not an established grant value for Chain of Checks. The award is based on the dollar value raised during the campaign. The 2018 Chain of Checks campaign raised $82,007.85 which was awarded to Families Reaching Out Group for Froggy’s Closet.

Timeline:
Application Available Online – March 18, 2019
Application Deadline – April  19, 2019
Chain of Checks Recipient(s) Announced – June 2019 (date TBD)
Chain of Checks Planning and Preparation – June through November 2019
Christmas in July with Alamo Drafthouse – July 2019 (date TBD)
Chain of Checks Golf Tournament – October 14, 2019
Chain of Checks Events – Continue through December
Chain of Checks Radiothon – December 2019 (dates TBD)
Chain of Checks Check Presentation – Mid-January 2020

Cochran Family Youth Fund

The purpose of the grant is to improve the quality of life for children and the communities in which they live by providing financial assistance for educational, athletic, academic, social, civic and community-based activities that involve or support children.

About the Donors
This fund was established by the generosity of Douglas E. Cochran in honor of:

  • His father, John C. Cochran, Sr., co-owner of the B and C Bakery Company,
  • His mother, Clarise Cochran,
  • His brother John C. Cochran, Jr.,  Navy Fighter pilot in World War II, and
  • His brother, Donald M. Cochran, retired controller of Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank.

The elder Cochrans and their three sons, John Jr., Donald, and Doug lived across the street from Handley High School in the mid-1900s and were active in a number of youth groups as well as church and civic organizations in our community.

Application Deadline and Review
The Cochran Grant application will be available by May 1, 2019.  Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley representatives may contact applicants for a phone or face-to-face interview and site visit. Grant checks are awarded at our Thank You Luncheon in September.

Grant Size, Payment, Final Reporting
Grants generally range from $1,000 to $3,000. Grants are awarded at our Thank You Luncheon in September. A final report, including a summary of your grant expenses, must be provided to the Community Foundation by May 15th of the following year in order to be eligible to receive future grants.

Charities Eligible to Apply
Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit citizens in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties are eligible to apply. No grants to individuals will be made.

Grant-Making Priorities
Priority will be given to well-established nonprofit groups or organizations with a history of success in youth welfare. Funding for specific projects or programs is encouraged.

Previous Recipients
In 2018 six organizations received a total of $15,000 in grants from this fund.

Organization NameProject NameAmount
Adult Care Center of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Inc.Inter-generational - Building on a Good Thing$1,500.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest VirginiaCampaign For Men$3,000.00
CASA Children's Intervention ServicesExpanding the CASA Program in Warren County$2,500.00
ChildSafe Center - CACChild Abuse Trauma Assessments & Trauma Focused Therapeutic Materials$3,000.00
Girls on the Run of the Shenandoah ValleyScholarship assistance for up to 30 girls to participate in GOTR at The Kids Club of NSV$3,000.00
Shenandoah Valley Scholars' Latino Initiative2018 Computer Awards$2,000.00

PAUL AND MARTHA REES FUND

The Paul and Martha Rees Fund is an unrestricted fund which allows the board of directors of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley to respond to the most compelling needs and opportunities in our community. The board will consider grants to charitable organizations providing the following or similar services in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties.

• Improve the quality of life for the community in which they live;
• Generally fall within the following categories: education, fine arts, social services, community development, recreation, natural resources, and health and wellness.

About the Donors
The Paul and Martha Reese Fund was established in 2014 by BB&T in the memory of Paul and Martha Rees to offer grants to charitable and nonprofit organizations for the benefit of the people of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Application Deadline and Reviews
The Paul and Martha Rees application will be available by May 1, 2019. Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley representatives may contact applicants for a phone or face-to-face interview and site visit.

Grant Size, Payment, Final Reporting
Grants generally range from $1,000 to $3,000. Grants will be awarded at our Thank You Luncheon in September. A final report, including a summary of your grant expenses, must be provided to the Community Foundation by May 15th of the following year in order to be eligible to receive future grants.

Charities Eligible to Apply
Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit citizens in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties are eligible to apply. No grants to individuals will be made.

Grant-Making Priorities
The Community Foundation encourages proposals that:
• Represent an unduplicated opportunity and meet a significant community need
• Propose a specific program rather than general operating support for the organization (Grant monies are not allowed to be used for administration work/fees)
• Encourage a more efficient use of community resources
• Promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations
• Propose to generate matching funds, thus leveraging additional support

Previous Recipients
In 2018 seven organizations received a total of $16,000 in grants from this fund.

Organization NameProject NameAmount
Blue Ridge Housing Network, Inc.Homeless Prevention$3,000.00
I’M JUST ME MOVEMENTLive Life Forward Initiative Program$1,500.00
Literacy Volunteers Winchester AreaWorkplace Literacy for the Homeless$3,000.00
St. Luke Community ClinicSt. Luke Dental Clinic$2,000.00
The House of HopeNew Life Management Program$3,000.00
United Way of Northern Shenandoah ValleyMobility Mentoring$1,500.00
Nonprofit Alliance of the NSVNonprofit Governance Symposium$2,000.00

Grant Portal

The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is utilizing Foundant’s Grant Lifecycle Manager to manage its grant programs. Organizations that have registered an account in the Grant Portal will be notified when new grant applications become available. Applicants will use this tool to apply for competitive grants and to submit follow-up reports.

Please use the button below to register as a user or sign on to the system with an existing account.

Should you have questions about using the system for the registration and application processes, you can use the following tools or contact us: